Country of over 120 millions inhabitants, Mexico has many tourist attractions, Mayan pyramids, cenotes, waterfalls, beautiful beaches, here are the places not to be missed.
When we think about Mexico most people immediately think of the Mayan Pyramids. Chichen Itza is the main Mexican site and a part of Unesco World heritage. It is also on the New 7 Wonders of the World list.
It remains a “must-see” place even if I prefer Palenque Pyramids, more authentic and less touristic in my opinion. (Entrance fees 180 pesos / 9 euros)
San Cristobal de las Casas
Elected in 2010 “Most magical city of Mexico” San Cristobal de las Casas has an incredible charm.
I expected to stay few days there and ended up staying three weeks working as volunteer in “Puerto Vieja Hostel”.
Besides, if you plan to get to San Cristobal do not hesitate to stop in this hostel. The chef “Flaco” a British expatriate since several years proposes a simple but really good cuisine!
Probably my favourite Mayan site and obviously also the one of many Mexicans. Set deep in the jungle, 5 hours from San Cristobal de las Casas towards the Yucatan, that place has something magical. Plan out a whole day to visit the entire site. (Entree 60 Pesos / € 3.25)
If you visit Palenque, it would be a shame to miss Agua Azul Waterfalls, located a few miles away from the Mayan Pyramids.
they seem straight out of a dream! The water is a little bit cold but swimming is quite possible and it’s really relaxing especially during hot temperatures. (Entry 40 Pesos / € 2.15)
Diving in a cenote
Cenotes are caves or sinkholes with translucent waters and most of them are located in the Yucatan Peninsula. There are across the region and some of them are truly exceptional.
I have personally liked “Zazil Ha” near Tulum. The water is warm, clear, and it is an outside cenote. Entrance fees are a couple of euros for the cheapest cenotes and around 20 euros for the most expensive.
If you are a gastronome your journey must go through Oaxaca! Considered as the Mexican culinary capital there is downtown a walking market with rub sellers of fruits and vegetables, restaurants, ephemeral barbecues, fruit juice sellers etc ..
When you get there do not hesitate to visit the Tule City a few kilometers away from Oaxaca. There you will discover one of the oldest trees of the World with an estimate age up to more than 3000 years.
Located not far from Mexico City, the Teotihuacan Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun are really not to be missed. They are very impressive especially because like pyramids of Egypt, they are visible from far away.
(entrance fees: 64 pesos / € 3.20)
Seaside resort on the Pacific coast a few hours drive from Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta is a city full of charm. Although it is still touristy, the majority are Mexicans so it’s obviously a good sign!
If you would like to get few days landing on the beach during your Mexican journey, I advise you this charming resort compare to the Riviera Maya too touristy in my opinion. (Regular low-cost flights daily from Mexico)
Ciudad de Mexico? Yes this small town of just 20 million inhabitants nestled at 2200 meters! Beyond being a megalopolis that may appear frightening Mexico has a charm with many places to visit and things to discover.
I spent more than twenty days wandering through Mexico city and if you would like to discover Mexico city this is my article about it.
For more information about this incredible country here is the Mexico official tourism website.
Mexico Location Guide
Tips to discover Mexico
- Best time to visit: From October to April
- How long should you visit ? The minimum I suggest is three weeks to be able to get a first impression of Mexico
- Flying to: From Paris or London flights to Mexico City start from 500 euros. You can also find cheap flight from Europe to Cancun.
- Currency: Mexican Pesos: 1 euro = 18 pesos to the Mexican
- How to travel around ? roads are very well develop and renting a car for a Mexican road trip is in my opinion a great idea. The country is also well connected with long distances busses. Here is the website I was using for my bus trips: Ado. There are also low-cost airlines for domestic flights: Volaris and VivaAerobus
- How to withdraw money? You will find ATMs everywhere in Mexico. Plan also some cash during daily excursions (Tulum, Palenque …)